Protecting Pollinators

Guides to Protecting Pollinators from Pesticide Exposure

Select a link and print information to share with your neighbor, farmer, applicator, orchard manager, county extension agent, council representative, health department, etc.

Safe application of insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides can only occur if the label is read and understood, and the application is made according to the label directions.  Follow the directions of the EPA approved label.  Be aware of all managed honey bee colonies  and native pollinators near the pesticide application site (within three to seven mile bee forage range) and actively manage any IPM/pesticide application to protect pollinators.

 A Summary of Analytical Methods Used for the Analyses of Pesticide Residues in Bees and Hive Matrices 
EPA Guidance for Inspecting Alleged Cases of Pesticide-Related Bee Incidents 

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network Newsletter from Ohio State Univ. Extension


The University of Maine Cooperative Extension- Honey Bees and Blueberry Pollination


The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension-Insecticide application vital to protection bees


Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services-What can growers do to manage risks to honey bees?


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Pollinators: what you can do; avoid or limit pesticide use


eXtension-America’s Research-based learning network: protecting honey bees during corn and soybean planting season


University of Minnesota –Extension: Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education

Washington- Ten ways to protect bees from pesticides

IOWA- protecting bees from pesticides

OKLAHOMA- protecting bees from pesticides

PURDUE UNIV.- protecting bees from pesticides

NEBRASKA- protecting bees from pesticides

FLORIDA- protecting bees from pesticides

OREGON STATE UNIV.- protecting bees from pesticides

For backyard gardeners:

At home eliminate or reduce pesticide use —  Audubon Society

           Ten Steps for Responsible Pesticide use